What is happening?
The new operator of the slots at Western Fair, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd, a BC-based company, announced plans for a $200 million expansion in May 2017. In December 2017, the Gateway presented a plan for a $140 million hotel and casino expansion on the site of the existing gaming operation at Western Fair to strategic priorities and policy committee. The expanded casino would include restaurants, a 125-room hotel, a reduced grandstand and table gaming.
The city leases land to the Western Fair through a ground lease and has a joint interest in many of the buildings on the Western Fair site. Gateway leases space from the Western Fair. You can learn more by reading this staff report. and watching the Gateway's presentation to committee (back in Dec 2017).
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A staff report on public engagement re: the casino expansion is coming to Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on 29 Jan 2018. The report recommends holding an open house in Ward 4 for residents to learn more about the proposal. It also recommends a public participation meeting at City Hall, which was a direction from council back in 2012 when the idea of a casino expansion was discussed.
- Casino expansion must play with citizens, London Free Press, 24 Jan 2018
- London City Hall: politicians want public input, business case, before they're willing to deal with casino operator, London Free Press, 11 Dec 2017
- New casino touts family friendly buildings, spaces, London Free Press, 6 Dec 2017
- Harness racing's future in doubt as London casino battle brews, London Free Press, 11 Nov 2017
- Gateway Casinos & Entertainment: Western Fair's $6-million lease 'not viable,' private firm argues, London Free Press, 6 Nov 2017
- London casino: A full-blown casino planned in London has triggered barely a whimper, unlike the public uproar over a small slots lounge 20 years ago, London Free Press, 7 Jun 2017
- Western Fair District: The boss at Southwestern Ontario's largest convention hotel says a proposed hotel at a proposed London casino would hurt the industry, London Free Press, 6 Jun 2017
- Gambling: OLG's new operator in London and region promises $200-million improvement, London Free Press, 9 May 2017
- Blackburn News, 9 May 2017
- Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited to operate Western Fair slots and five other regional gaming centres, London Free Press, 13 Dec 2016
- Staff report on public engagement re: casino expansion, Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, 29 Jan 2018
- Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation questions and answers, Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, 29 Jan 2018
- Gateway Casinos presentation to Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, YouTube, Dec 2017 (~70 mins)
- OLG presentation to Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, YouTube, Dec 2017 (~40 mins)